March 3, 2009
DURHAM, N.C. - The Holy Cross men's lacrosse team fell to No. 13 Duke, 16-7, on Tuesday afternoon in non-conference action. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 0-3 overall, while the Blue Devils improve to 3-2 overall. Junior Edison Parzanese (Edgartown, Mass.) had three goals and one assist, while junior Chris Smirti (Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y.) scored three goals.
Freshman Colin McGeehin (Newtown Square, Pa.) scored one goal and had one assist for two points, as he has scored one goal in all three of his first collegiate games. Senior co-captain Luke Marchand (Concord, Mass.), sophomore Conor McKenna (Summit, N.J.) and freshman A.J. Guarente (Gaithersburg, Md.) each had one assist.
Duke was led by Max Quinzani and who scored six goals and Ned Crotty who had two goals and four assists.
After Quinzani scored the first two goals of the game, Smirti found the back of the net off a pass by Marchand to make the score 2-1. Duke then scored two straight goals, but Parzanese's first goal of the contest cut the Duke lead to 4-2. Duke closed out the first half with three unanswered goals to bring a 7-2 lead into the second half.
Parzanese opened the third period with a goal off an assist by McGeehin to make it a 7-3 game. After two goals by Duke, Smirti scored off a pass from McKenna as the period ended with Duke leading 9-4. Duke then pulled away by netting four straight goals to move out to a 13-4 advantage. Each team scored three goals the rest of the way for the 16-7 final score. The Holy Cross goals were scored by Smirti from Parzanese, Parzanese from Guarente and an unassisted goal by McGeehin.
Senior co-captain goalie Jimmy Harrison (East Williston, N.Y.) made 14 saves in the first 51:19, while junior Connor Sweeney (South Salem, N.Y.) stopped one shot in the final 8:41. Rob Schroeder made four saves in the first 57:03 and Devon Sherwood stopped one shot in the last 2:57. Duke outshot Holy Cross, 62-28, and picked up 44 ground balls, while the Crusaders picked up 27 ground balls. Duke won 23 of the 27 face-offs and went 1-2 on the only extra-man opportunities of the game.
The Crusaders return to action on March 7, when they travel to Hamilton, N.Y., to play Colgate in the Patriot League season-opener for both teams at 3:00 p.m.